Definition of born in (or out of) wedlock in US English:

born in (or out of) wedlock


  • Born of married (or unmarried) parents.

    ‘the story concerns a woman who conceives a child out of wedlock and is rejected by the baby's father’
    • ‘The ‘green paper’ also proposes that children be given equal rights whether or not they were born in wedlock.’’
    • ‘More than half of all first children are born out of wedlock.’
    • ‘Only her first child was born out of wedlock.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, there has been a sharp increase in children who are not only born out of wedlock but are raised without a father.’
    • ‘Usually, if a child is born out of wedlock, the parents will marry to take care of the child.’
    • ‘And one in three children these days is born out of wedlock.’
    • ‘He's a lot older than us because he was born out of wedlock, while my parents were still in high school.’
    • ‘Church law legitimised children born out of wedlock whose parents subsequently married.’
    • ‘For example, there was the case of one child born out of wedlock, whose parents had subsequently married.’
    • ‘Yes, I didn't want anyone to know I was born out of wedlock, and I didn't want to let anyone know that I was adopted.’